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Posted by Marilyn on December 03, 1999 at 10:04:41:

In Reply to: education posted by Denni on November 29, 1999 at 09:56:56:

I have found discrimination and isolation to be a lifelong battle. One of the major stumbling blolcks was that my mother made me feel that my disability was my idenity. My disabiity was who I was. Consequently, when I met soeone new I was extremely self-conscious about my disability which made other more people tense around me. If you help your child see their disability as no big deal and to honour other things that form his/her identity, this will go a long way to help him be included as a person.

Growing up as a child I was isolated in a segregated school. One of the things that helped me was to be part of the church. I went to sunday school, Exployers, CGIT, Hi-C, Confirmation classes etc. At first people wanted to help me too much, but I did learn some skills in projecting myself as a person and to set other people at ease.

Having a sense of humour, as mentioned, goes a long way. Another skill is being able to listen. Most people would rather be heard than to listen. Listening also deflects attention away from myself and onto the other person. It also helps to establish myself as a person before telling my story.

"Inclusion Press" is a newspaper put out by Marsha Forest and Jack Pearpoint. They travel around the world talking about how to include people disabilities into their communities. They talk about such things as how to encourage teachers to address discrimanation in the classroom. They also publish: "Inclusion: How to:--essential classroom stragedies". by Gary Bunch


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